Jamaica-cherry

 
 

Jamaica-cherry, or Panama-berry, is native to Central America, the Greater Antilles (except Puerto Rico), several of the Lesser Antilles, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It was introduced to Puerto Rico for ornament about the middle of the 20th century. It reaches a height of 40 feet, with a trunk 8 inches in diameter, and has an extended crown composed of almost horizontal branches. The leaves are up to 4 inches long and have serrated borders. Flowers are up to 1 inch long and appear individually or in groups of two or three. Ripe fruits are reddish-brown and about half an inch in diameter, they are juicy and sweet but may leave an unpleasant aftertaste. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name honors the Dutch botanist Abraham Munting (1626-1683). The author has not found the meaning of the species name.


The photographed tree is south of Building C. There are other trees  behind the printing shop and the Chemistry Building.

Muntingia calabura (Muntingiaceae)